Motorcycles parking in crosshatched areas

The in basket: Ted Moore said two motorcyclists he knows pulled into one of the white hash-marked areas at the end of a parking row at Wal-Mart in East Bremerton. Ted says he’s done that himself in the past and knows others with motorcycles who do.
The two at Wal-Mart “noticed a city police cruiser parked near
the edge of the parking area. My friend stayed with their motorcycles for
several minutes, until another motorcyclist pulled up and parked. They
chatted a few minutes, both noticing the police cruiser, then turned to go
into the store. Once they have crossed the road, the police cruiser turned
on its lights and approached. At least one received a ticket for parking where they did.
What are the rules, Ted asked. “If it’s illegal to
park in these areas, then it makes me wonder why the police waited for the
two riders to step away from their motorcycles before being approached?
Couldn’t the police drive over and warn them before they left… maybe even
before the second arrived, giving them a chance to move
to a legal parking slot? Or was it that these police were specifically out
to write tickets. It appears to be on the edge of ‘entrapment’ to me,” said Ted.


The in basket: Ted Moore said two motorcyclists he knows pulled into one of the white hash-marked areas at the end of a parking row at Wal-Mart in East Bremerton. Ted says he’s done that himself in the past and knows others with motorcycles who do.
The two at Wal-Mart “noticed a city police cruiser parked near
the edge of the parking area. My friend stayed with their motorcycles for
several minutes, until another motorcyclist pulled up and parked. They
chatted a few minutes, both noticing the police cruiser, then turned to go
into the store. Once they have crossed the road, the police cruiser turned
on its lights and approached. At least one received a ticket for parking where they did.
What are the rules, Ted asked. “If it’s illegal to
park in these areas, then it makes me wonder why the police waited for the
two riders to step away from their motorcycles before being approached?
Couldn’t the police drive over and warn them before they left… maybe even
before the second arrived, giving them a chance to move
to a legal parking slot? Or was it that these police were specifically out
to write tickets. It appears to be on the edge of ‘entrapment’ to me,” said Ted.
The out basket: It almost assuredly was a car from the Citizens on Patrol unit of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, not a city officer. Deputy Pete Ball, who supervises the unarmed, volunteer Citizens on Patrol teams that issue such citations, says, “There is no legal parking space that has any cross-hatched markings in it. Those areas are marked that way specifically to keep people OUT of those areas.
“Most motorcycle riders try to justify
parking there by saying that it is a courtesy to other vehicle drivers
by not taking a normal parking space,” Pete said. “In most cases, it is a way for
them to park closer to the door instead of way out in the middle of the
lot.
“If those marked areas are adjacent to the spaces reserved for
handicapped motorists,” he continued, “parking there might be considered blocking the
access aisle and subject to a substantial fine. Even those that have
handicapped plates or placards are NOT allowed to park in the access
aisle areas.
“The best advice to cyclists is to park in a ‘normal’ parking space,” Pete said.
“If there is a special, marked motorcycle
area parking, that’s great, but there usually isn’t and parking anywhere
but in regular designated parking could result in fines, fees and
possibly even an impound.”
Pete was reluctant to speculate about the reason for the delayed approach Ted describes at Wal-Mart, not having been there or knowing who was involved.
“I know that people don’t have time to sit and wait for violations to occur. I instruct my unit members to issue warnings, and change behavior that way if they can do so by
educating the public instead of just writing tickets,” Pete said.

2 thoughts on “Motorcycles parking in crosshatched areas

  1. If the “c.o.p.s” are allowed to ticket individuals for parking in the cross-hatched areas, why is it that Wal-mart, Home-depot, etc. are allowed to place their wares or equipment in these areas. If you say its “private property,” then these “c.o.p.s” should have no jurisdiction for these same areas. If there is an accident in these parking lots, the first thing the “c.o.p.” will say is they have no jurisdiction to ticket anyone individual for at fault, but fill out a accident report within x number of hours.

  2. Being disabled, I am glad to see the police crack down on motorcycles parked in the cross-hatch areas. I have trouble opening my car door to get into my wheelchair when they are parked next to the handicapped space. Motorcyclists need to learn they need to park in legal parking spaces like any other vehicle. I even see them parked on sidewalks or in the fire lanes!

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